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Rob J. Rooney

Senior Immigration Attorney


Rob Rooney counsels clients on inbound U.S. employment-based immigration matters. He prepares nonimmigrant petitions, including O-1s, L-1s, H-1Bs, TNs and E-3s for companies of all sizes ranging from those appearing in the Fortune 500 to those with only a handful of employees in the United States. In his practice, Rob also prepares immigrant petitions and handles high-profile and time-sensitive immigration matters for C-suite executives.
The immigrant petitions Rob prepares include:
  • Extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, multinational manager or executive, and national interest waiver petitions
  • PERM applications
  • Adjustment of status, advance parole, and employment authorization applications

Past Immigration Experience

While in law school, Rob clerked at a Chicago law firm, where he prepared J-1 interested government agency waiver applications and extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher/professor, national interest waiver and O-1 visa petitions for scientists and physicians.

Before law school, Rob worked as a case manager and legal/technical writer for a Chicago law firm. His work in this position included:
  • Creating and developing models and legal approaches for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions
  • Composing persuasive letters in support of extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher/professor, national interest and O-1 visa petitions
  • Preparing employment and family-based adjustment of status and naturalization applications

Government Experience

During law school, Rob served as a legal extern with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel — Chicago, where he researched and wrote appellate briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and motions in cases pending before the Immigration Court. Rob also served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Personal Interests

Rob is an avid musician and plays bassoon with a local community orchestra.


Bar Admissions



Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D. cum laude (2014)

Northwestern University
B.S. cum laude (2001)

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  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
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